re·​cip·​i·​ent | \ ri-ˈsi-pē-ənt How to pronounce recipient (audio) \

Definition of recipient

: one that receives : receiver

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Other Words from recipient

recipient adjective

Examples of recipient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That order is then mailed to the recipient, who can cash it or may be able to deposit it into a bank checking account. Luigi Wewege, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Helen Nixon, a longtime community organizer and activist, was among those at Tuesday’s town hall, which included a presentation by the grant recipient, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. Rebecca Lurye,, 20 Oct. 2021 Jordan is the second-largest recipient of bilateral U.S. aid in the region, after Israel. Karin Laub, ajc, 15 Oct. 2021 Another is that Moderna has been a leading recipient of funding from the U.S. government — $10 billion, according to Kessler’s estimate. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 The recipient of the Greater Menomonee Falls Foundation Unsung Hero Award, Rebecca Dombrowicki, helps make sure children do not go hungry. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2021 That someone could be a soldier, a Social Security recipient, a global investor who has previously lent money to the government or a long list of others who get checks from the U.S. Treasury. Mark Zandi For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 By a stroke of luck, Dorland would even get to meet the recipient, an Orthodox Jewish man, and take photos with him and his family. New York Times, 5 Oct. 2021 Cantor was honored at the ceremony as the recipient of the 2020 Colin Jose Media Award, the first Hispanic broadcaster to receive the honor. Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of recipient

1558, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recipient

Latin recipient-, recipiens, present participle of recipere

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The first known use of recipient was in 1558

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24 Oct 2021

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“Recipient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of recipient

: a person who receives something


re·​cip·​i·​ent | \ ri-ˈsi-pē-ənt How to pronounce recipient (audio) \

Kids Definition of recipient

: someone who receives something


re·​cip·​i·​ent | \ ri-ˈsip-ē-ənt How to pronounce recipient (audio) \

Medical Definition of recipient

: an individual who receives biological material (as blood or an organ) from a donor


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